Destination: Seoul Travel to Seoul, South Korea, without ever leaving Tokyo this Golden Week by visiting the MoMA Store in Omotesando, which is holding a special ‘Destination: Seoul’ event through June 26. The event features products designed and produced by Korean designers, including these Bird and Cloud Salt and Pepper Shakers designed by Daniel Jo. Inspired by ceramic sculptures, these cute accessories, made from ceramic themselves, are the perfect accent for a springtime table, especially when the gorgeous weather has you eating outdoors. They are exclusive to the MoMA store and are joined by many other fun and functional designs from Seoul including a line of brass jewelry evocative of farfalle pasta designed by Hye-ran Lee, a student at Hongik University. Perfect as a fun present for Mother’s Day (May 10). Until then, purchase more than ¥3,000 at the MoMA store and receive a free Robert Sabuda pop-up card as a part of a special Mother’s Day event.
One: Tuck your important documents away in this colorful Rainbow Wallet Bag designed by Chris Howell. With a black exterior and rainbow interior, this is a great pouch to get you in the mood to vacation while being completely practical. Made from Napa leather. MoMA Store (www.momastore.jp), ¥18,000.
Two: With a variety of sizes and styles, the line of bags offered by HALO, primarily a furniture manufacturer, is sure to offer the perfect tote for any weekend getaway. Rich, often reclaimed leathers are luscious and unique, adding interest to every piece. HALO (www.haloasia.com), prices vary.
Three: Avoid blurry vacation snaps with this innovative Gorillapod™ Tripod. The tripod offers completely flexible legs that allow you to secure your camera to just about anything, including a tree branch or railing, for stability when taking photos. MoMA Store (www.momastore.jp), ¥1,980.
Four: A staple in the lives of travelers for 125 years, Victorinox Swiss Army knives always come packed with features and this Traveller model is no exception! Besides the standard corkscrew, knives, and accessories, the knife also features a timer, altimeter, digital clock, and more. www.swissarmy.com, $140.
Five: Phaidon and Wallpaper* have paired up to produce a beautiful and practical line of City Guides, with box sets available in Tokyo from May. Each set is subdivided into categories; for instance the Art Fairs Box focuses on London, Miami, New York, Basel, and Venice. Phaidon (www.phaidon.jp), ¥5,145 per box.